Bishop's Palace, Galveston

Listed as one of the most important buildings in America by the American Institute of Architects, Bishop's Palace commands attention in the city's historical district. Finished in 1892 on the commission of former Confederate soldier Walter Gresham, the ornate Victorian structure offers a window into the life of the local elite in the early 20th century. This massive, stone home now holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and operates as a museum dedicated to the life and times of the Gresham family. Join a tour of the luxurious interior, including a giant fireplace and a 12 m (40 ft) tall mahogany staircase. Note the unusual statues and carvings of dragons and other mythical creatures, selected by architect Nicholas Clayton. A special basement to attic tour occurs monthly, showcasing areas of the home normally off-limits. Visit the website to reserve tickets. To visit Bishop's Palace on your trip to Galveston, use our Galveston attractions tool .
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  • We were recommended to visit the Bishop’s Palace. The house is amazing with so much craftsmanship. Beautiful stained glass windows and amazing woodwork. Absolutely worth a visit. This is a historic bu...  more »
  • Took a morning tour on a Thursday in April. Weather was warm outdoors but comfortable inside the Palace. The beauty of the many rooms had been maintained . Interesting facts on how it was used during ...  more »
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  • I love this place. 20,000 sq ft of unbelievable detail, build from 1887 to 1892. I wonder what's on the very top level no one is allowed in. FYI there is one restroom for women and another for men next to the gift shop in the basement. Adult tickets $14 and youths $9. They lend you a recorder for your self tour but they are limited. If you don't get to get one they hand you an informational paper for the tour which is fine too. Overall, I had a great time.
  • An absolute treasure. So many beautiful details that have survived the ages. So much inspiration. Our tour guide was fantastic. I highly recommend any tours. Unforgettable.

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